Show Review: K 2019

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Car Design News reports on the 2019 K trade fair in Düsseldorf, which explored the use of plastics in automotive design and manufacturing

The plastics industry is very keen to talk about how it is embracing the so-called circular economy, sourcing sustainable raw materials and developing products which are recyclable at end-of-life: major themes at K 2019, an immense trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, with over 3000 exhibitors from 60 countries. Presentations, lectures and workshops discussed issues such as marine litter and packaging waste, while vast whirring machines demonstrated how to sort, shred, reconstitute and then spit out new polymers and second-life products.

With plastic production rising worldwide (to 348 million tonnes in 2017, according to Plastics Europe) it is ever-more important to address the way plastic is manufactured, used and then recycled or repurposed.

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